He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki (The Māori Business Network of Taranaki) started its journey in 2008 and in 2020 became an established legal entity appointing its inaugural Trustees. 

The trust aims to foster kotahitanga (networking), whanaungatanga (relationships) and manaakitanga (support) for the enhancement and betterment and in the interests of Māori business within Taranaki under the principles of pono (to be truthful) and tika (to act appropriately).  
 
The Trust provides opportunity and place for Māori in business in Taranaki to engage, share and grow through regular networking, events and information sharing. 
 
The network has been supported since its inception by Te Puni Kōkiri and Venture Taranaki. 

Our logo above was gifted by Te Reo o Taranaki Trust to the Business Network and represents the following:

- Our Mōunga Taranaki which is a significant feature on our Taranaki landscape and frequently referred to in kōrero, karakia and waiata.

- The large koru represents established businesses and the small koru represents new or considered businesses. It is smaller to represent the tuakana/teina (older/younger) relationship where those established business can support and provide assistance to new businesses.

- Each koru is shown in a different direction to represent the fact that both established and new businesses have differing needs

- The small koru is also in the front to represent that at times even new business can lead the way.

The logo and name reflects the purpose of the group, which is to get together with like-minded people to assist each other and assist those who are new to business.
 
We are an inclusive organisation who welcome new members.

For more information or to join the He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki mailing list, please email jennifer@venture.org.nz.

(From left) Jenn Patterson rātou ko Tiri Porter, ko Anna Davis - ngā kaimahi o He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki